Intense purple black centre with narrow magenta edge. Nose bursting with potent complex fruitiness which is the hallmark of the Fonseca style. The fruit is rich and luscious, a harmonious blend of blackcurrant, raspberry, cherry and plum. Full bodied on the palate with tightly knit, chewy tannins which provide both volume and structure. The succulent jammy fruit flavours seem to last forever on the
incredible long finish. A big, opulent wine in the Fonseca tradition with the background and depth of flavour to ensure a long life in bottle.
Walnuts are an excellent accompaniment to Vintage Port, as are blue veined and other richly flavoured cheeses. So too are dried fruits such as apricots or figs. Alternatively, simply savour the rich and complex flavours of the wine on their own in a generously proportioned glass with good company.
#3 from Wine Enthusiast's Top 100 Wines of 2005
"Fonseca Vintage Ports are always among the most attractive, and among the most long lived. This 2003 confirms magnificently to that model. It is structured, but also so rich, powerful and opulent. There are cassis and black fig flavors, as well as sweet tannins. It is delicious already, and will remain delicious throughout its long life.
95-100 pts James Suckling, Wine Spectator Online
"Wild aromas, with flowers, blackberries and passion fruit. Full bodied, massive on the palate. Medium sweet. The finish goes on for minutes.
A mega young Port. Fonseca. What do you expect?"
#3 from Wine Enthusiast's Top 100 Wines of 2005. Intense purple black centre with narrow magenta edg..
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